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Newsletter for Employees of the Mexico59 September 14, 2016

Safety (and staying healthy)

Let's talk safety right quick. Not the headline dominating "school safety" of school intruders or some other similar horrible act. Rather the mundane and boring, but no less important, personal health and safety of you the school district employee.

Typically we don't think of school as a dangerous industry, and it usually isn't. Nowhere near the industry leading 110.9 deaths per 100,000 workers for the logging industry! There, now that I have your attention...

How can you maintain your personal safety? Mostly it is thinking before you act and using some good old common sense. While we have a good number of maintenance, custodial and transportation employees that have to be extra cautious due to the nature of their work and the tools involved, for most of the rest of us the most dangerous thing we do is pick up something too heavy, walk down stairs or a ramp, or (and I hope this is not you), stand on a desk or chair to reach something up high (full disclosure - seven stitches in my ankle a few years ago when the desk I was standing on to paint tipped over).

Please stay healthy so we can have you in front of kids doing what you do best. Think about the heft of an object before you pick it up (and proper form when lifting), put your phone away and pay attention to walking down stairs (and look for wet floors or spots that may cause slippage), and find a ladder or step stool when trying to access something too high to reach.

--Kevin Freeman

Forrest T Jones Representative to be in each building - All Employees must meet with him!

Ed Tritschler from Forrest T Jones will again be visiting our district talking with employees about 403b. He will be here the week of September 12 through 16. Please see dates & times listed below for each building.

ALL ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES MUST SIGN OFF WHETHER THEY WISH TO PARTICIPATE OR NOT IN 403B. PLEASE SEE ED TRITSCHLER TO DO THIS. If you miss when he visits your building, he will be in other locations throughout the week.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14: MMS-Teachers Lounge 8 am to 4 pm

THURSDAY, Sept. 15: McM-Teachers Workroom 8 am to 11:30 am

THURSDAY, Sept. 15 :ECC-12:30 pm to 4 pm

FRIDAY, Sept. 16: EF-Teachers Workroom 8 am to 11:30 am

FRIDAY, Sept. 16: CO-Board Room 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Employee Handbook

Everyone must read the Employee Handbook, sign the last page, and return that page to their respective supervisor by SEPTEMBER 16, 2016.

Time Clock now available for Support Staff Employees to View

All Support Staff that use the timeclock:

You are now able to view your timesheet online!

1. Go to the link https://v2.trackmytime.com/mexicobulldog

2. Username is first initial, last name, all lower case. Password is your clock in number.

3. Click the My Timecard tab in the upper left-hand corner. This will allow you to VIEW your timecard (not edit).

4. The arrows <> next to Time Period will take you to past timesheets and future timesheets.

5. Please look to make sure that you have requested all leave through HR Portal or AESOP, whichever is appropriate for your position.

Contact Ondrea in Payroll x2410 or oclark@mexico.k12.mo.us if you have questions.

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Technology Information

Click this link to go the District Technology page. There are several helpful links on the page.

Peach Jar Links for All Schools

Click this link to be connected to the directory of all District Peach Jar Accounts. All flyers still active are listed, by clicking each school's link.

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A+ Grants

The A+ Grant Application and Letter are available online on the District Website. Staff>Document Center. They are located in the gray box labeled Related Info. http://mexicoschools.net/page.php?p=2644

Remember, anything technology related MUST go through Dana Hunt. She will make sure it will work with the network and she will get you pricing.

All grants are due to Bethany Collins by Noon Friday, September 23, 2016. They must be signed by your administrator and the teacher. Please follow the guidelines on filling out the application.

Bright Futures Mexico is now part of Bright Futures Audrain

Bright Futures Mexico is proud to announce that we are now part of a county wide Bright Futures group called Bright Futures Audrain. THIS IS THE FIRST COUNTY WIDE GROUP IN THE COUNTRY! If you have items you want to drop off, the locations are listed on the flyer or you may send them to Jo Ann Diffenderfer at the Central Office.

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Bulldog Bytes

Bulldog Bytes will be available in your in box each Wednesday (with some exceptions around Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Summer break). Send items to be published to jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us. These items can be wedding photos, birth announcements/photos, fund raisers for sports and civic clubs, and other district wide communication needs.